If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out Weezer‘s music video for “Pork and Beans”, which appeared today:
It features reenactments of a whole bunch of viral videos, including the infamous “Dramatic Chipmunk” (actually a prairie dog) clip:
This clip actually had its origins in the Mini Moni Chiccha! segment on the 2000.11.26 episode of Hello! Morning (the prairie dog turning its head is at ~2:40):
Weezer’s reenactment of the Dramatic Chipmunk (seen near the beginning and near the end) features stand-ins for the members of 1st generation Mini Moni that appeared in the original episode, but alas, they don’t look anything like the real Mini Moni … and all I see of Mika is a hand on the table (!) … :(
From “Pork and Beans”:
I am very curious what the text is on the design on the fake Mini Moni’s shirts. The original one was:
But I can’t make it out due to the low resolution.
Anyway, awesomeness indeed!
MINI MONI and WEEZER FTW!!!
More H!P in Western media PLZ!!!!!!111
Update: Further investigation brought up what looks like the transcript of an interview Weezer lead Rivers Cuomo gave on January 23 on the radio show SCHOOL OF LOCK!, in which Cuomo says he was introduced to J-pop through Mini Moni’s first single, “Mini Moni. Jankenpyon!”. (If this is not actually what he said, please let me know.)
Coincidentally, I actually saw Cuomo in person a few times in Spring 2006, when I cross-registered for a class at Harvard that met right before a class he was taking, in the same room (this was when he was re-attending Harvard to finish his degree). I should have gotten that autograph when I had the chance… >.<